David L. Williams currently serves as the Senate president in Frankfort and represents the 16th State Senate District. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky and holds a law degree from the University of Louisville. Williams worked in the Kentucky House from 1985 to 1986 and has served in the Kentucky Senate since 1987.
Richie Farmer currently serves as the commissioner of agriculture, where he’s in his second term. He’s held the office since January 2004. Farmer is a 1992 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. He also played for the UK basketball Wildcats under Coach Rick Pitino.
The duo is promising tax reform and debt reduction, budget reform, government transparency, strong support of education efforts, support for the coal industry as an energy source, support of Kentucky’s state sovereignty, an increase in agricultural production and marketing, job creation and support of pro-life legislation.
Governor: Barbara “Bobbie” Holsclaw
Lieutenant Governor: Bill Vermillion Jr.
Barbara “Bobbie” Holsclaw has worked as the Jefferson County Clerk since January 1999 and has been elected to four terms. Holsclaw graduated from Assumption High School and studied at the University of Kentucky. She also serves as a member of the Kentucky County Clerk’s Association and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of County Recorders, Election Officials and Clerks.
Bill Vermillion Jr. is a retired Command Master Chief from the United States Navy, a school teacher at The Academy At Shawnee in Louisville, and an ordained minister. He served on active duty for 30 years. Vermillion graduated from Park University with a degree in Management/Human Resources and earned a master of business administration from American InterContinental University.
Holsclaw and Vermillion are running on a campaign focusing on growing the economy through tax reform and no tax increases, pushing for expanded gaming, recruiting new businesses to increase job opportunities, advocating for laws to regulate use of natural gas, the use of coal and nuclear power, and push for prison reform, among other things.
Secretary of State candidates
Hilda Legg of Somerset serves as vice chair on the Board of Trustees at Alice Lloyd College and as a consultant for Legg Strategies, a company that specializes in telecommunication deployment. She graduated from Campbellsville University and earner her master’s at Western Kentucky University. Legg previously worked on campaigns of Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Sen. Mitch McConnell. She was later appointed to serve as alternate federal co-chairman of the Appalachian Regional Commission and the 15th Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service by President George H. W. Bush. She later became the first Executive Director and CEO of the Center for Rural Development in Somerset.
In her campaign, Legg promises to uphold integrity of elections by guarding against voter fraud and corruption, advocating for small businesses and promoting civics education in schools.
Bill Johnson of Elkton currently serves as a volunteer and substitute teacher in high school math and physics. He participated in the 2010 Republican primary for U.S. Senate, during which he garnered support statewide, prompting his second run for office in this election. Johnson graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in electrical engineering and earned his master’s in business administration from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.